SHILLONG, May 22: Pledging its support to the traditional heads of the Khasi Jaintia Hills and demanding the passing of the KHAD (Village Administration) (VA) Bill, 2014 the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) on Friday announced a 48-hour shutdown starting from 6pm of May 26 till 6pm of May 28.
In a press communiqué issued by the HNLC publicity secretary, Sainkupar Nongtraw, the HNLC said, “The HNLC in view of all the harrassments caused to our Rangbah Shnongs and public by the GOM, shall declare a 48 hour shutdown starting from the 6 pm 26th May up to the 6 pm 28th May in the entire Khasi Jaintia hills if the GOM fails to come up with a solution by the 25th May 2015.”
TURA, May 22: Tensions ran high around the Assam – Meghalaya border after two traders, who were kidnapped almost about a week ago, are yet to be released even after family members of the two paid ransom to secure their release. The kidnap of the two victims took place on the evening of May 15 at about 7 pm.
Police sources suspect the kidnapping to be the handiwork of a mixed gang. “This is definitely the work of a mixed gang or how would they know who was coming and in what vehicle? These are criminals and criminals do not have any community. Giving the whole episode a communal colour would benefit them and this is what they are trying to do,” said a highly placed police source.
SHILLONG, May 22: What may be termed as a big blow to the hopes and ambitions of the aspiring youth, RTI findings have revealed anomalies in the recruitment process of teachers in government schools in West Jaintia Hills (WJH) district of the state.
The recruitment of teachers in two schools, Mynkrem Government Lower Primary School and Nongjngi Khliehshnong Government Lower Primary School by the office of the Sub-Divisional School Education Officer (SDSEO) were found to be based on favoritism rather than merit, RTIs exposed.
SHILLONG, May 21: Opposition political parties on Thursday decided to cancel the decision to go ahead with the formation of a proposed coordination committee to take up the issue related to the present stalemate arising out of the High Court ruling which has questioned the powers of the traditional institutions.
Earlier, it was decided that a coordination committee of all non-Congress parties will be constituted on the issue.
TURA, May 22: While the rest of the country moves on with the world and its technologies, one village of Mangsang, in East Garo Hills (EGH) has been stuck in the yesteryears with the hope that someday they will be able to communicate with the rest of the world. The village which is about 110 kms from Tura and about 45 kms from the district headquarter of Williamnagar has gone to the extent of setting up a replica mobile tower as an act of protest.
SHILLONG, May 21: The list of the new Executive Members (EMs) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Thursday got the Governor’s nod even as it was informed that portfolios will be allotted on Friday.
The new Governor V Shanmuganathan has approved the list of EMs submitted by the council earlier this week, KHADC chief Pynshngainlang N Syiem said here.
On asked, he said that he is yet to decide on the portfolios to the EMs.
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS): Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday justified ban on cow slaughter and asked all those who want to eat beef to go to Pakistan.
“It is not about loss or profit... it is an issue of faith and belief. It is a sensitive issue for the Hindus,” Naqvi said at ‘Manthan’ conclave.
“Those who are dying without eating beef, can go to Pakistan or Arab countries or any other part of world where it is available,” he said.